CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Feb 8, 2002

Reliant Energy Declares Quarterly Dividend

HOUSTON, TX -- The Board of Directors of Reliant Energy, Incorporated (NYSE: REI) today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $.375 per share on its common stock. The dividend is payable March 8, 2002, to holders of record at the close of business February 19, 2002.

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